November 12, 2017
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A 7.3-magnitude earthquake that shook the city of Halabja, Iraq, on Sunday killed at least 104 people in Iraq and Iran, officials said.

The temblor was centered 217 miles north of Baghdad near the border with Iran. Iran's semi-official Fars News reports at least 1,000 people in the country were injured, and the governor of Sulaimaniya told CNN four people died in eastern Iraq and dozens more were wounded. Shaking was also felt in Turkey, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Lebanon, news agencies in those countries reported. Catherine Garcia

September 23, 2017
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Mexico was struck by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake Saturday morning, sparking alarm and suspending ongoing rescue efforts in response to two other recent quakes.

The new tremor follows Tuesday's 7.1-magnitude earthquake, as well as an 8.1-magnitude quake that struck off the coast of Mexico earlier this month. The combined death toll from the earlier quakes has nearly reached 400 people.

Saturday's tremor, believed to be an aftershock of the 8.1 quake, collapsed a bridge in the town of Juchitan and toppled some previously damaged buildings. "Homes that were still standing just fell down," said Bettina Cruz, who lives in Juchitan. "It's hard. We are all in the streets." Bonnie Kristian

December 17, 2016

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck in the ocean off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea Saturday evening local time. Residents fled to higher ground as a tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas as well as other inhabited islands nearby, including New Zealand.

Several hours later, the warning was relaxed, though officials still urged caution. Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire" and experiences frequent seismic activity. Bonnie Kristian

November 13, 2016
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A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island early Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, less than 24 hours after an earlier quake hit the same area. The Monday quake hit at a depth of six miles about 75 miles northeast of Christchurch, the USGS said. Earlier on Sunday, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered north of Christchurch killed two people and damaged buildings, with tsunami waves caused by the quake arriving two hours later. Catherine Garcia

November 13, 2016

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook New Zealand north of Christchurch Sunday morning, leaving little direct damage there or in the capital city of Wellington. But tsunami waves caused by the quake began arriving about two hours later. Officials warned New Zealanders they should get to higher ground away from the ocean in case the waves — initially measuring about six feet — become larger and more dangerous.

Aftershocks from the earthquake continued throughout the morning. Bonnie Kristian

November 6, 2016

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck central Oklahoma on Sunday night, registering as the fourth-strongest temblor to hit the state.

The 7:44 p.m. CST quake was centered about one mile west of Cushing, 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was initially reported as being magnitude 5.3, and was felt across the state and as far away as Dallas and Little Rock.

Police in Cushing say no injuries have been reported, but there has been "significant damage" to buildings, NewsOK reports. Cushing has a population of 7,900, and is home to the largest commercial oil storage hub in the United States. The strongest earthquake to shake the state was a 5.8 in Pawnee on Sept. 3, and scientists link an increase in quakes in Oklahoma to fracking, the process of drilling into the earth and injecting fluid at a high pressure to release the gas inside. Catherine Garcia

November 2, 2016
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A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rocked central Italy early Thursday morning, the latest in a string of strong temblors that have hit the region. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was shallow, at just 6.2 miles deep, and hit 32 miles southeast of Perugia. One week ago, two earthquakes — measuring 5.5 and 6.1 — struck the area, and on Sunday, a magnitude 6.6 quake, the biggest to hit Italy in 36 years, caused immense damage in the Apennine Mountains, displacing 15,000 residents. In August, a strong earthquake leveled the town of Amatrice, killing 300 people. Catherine Garcia

October 30, 2016

A powerful earthquake struck central Italy Sunday morning, rattling the same region that has been shaken by multiple devastating quakes in recent months. Clocking in at 6.6 magnitude, Sunday's tremors collapsed several homes and churches. Some people were injured but no deaths have been reported.

Among the ruined buildings was the Monastery of St. Benedict in Norcia, built on a site where Benedictine monks have been active for more than a millennium.

"This is a tragedy. It is a coup de grace. The basilica is devastated," said Bishop Renato Boccardo of Norcia. "Everyone has been suspended in a never-ending state of fear and stress. They are at their wit's end." Bonnie Kristian

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